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Jim Pedley, Managing Editor

Jim Pedley is a veteran, award-winning sports journalist who has worked at, among other places, the Boston Globe, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Kansas City Star. Pedley has spent the last 10 years covering auto racing for the Kansas City Star.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Spare The Corny Jokes; Iowa Speedway Is Becoming Rural Legend
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Spare The Corny Jokes; Iowa Speedway Is Becoming Rural Legend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The reasoning of the day sounded unassailable: Build giant, mother-ship race tracks as close as possible to the major population centers of America. That is, bring the racing to the people, open the gates and be careful not to get an arm or a leg caught as the turnstiles spun [...]

Pedley: Things Could Have Been Worse, Road-Race Haters
Friday, Jun 19, 2009 – 7:54 | 4 Comments
Pedley: Things Could Have Been Worse, Road-Race Haters

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Currently there are 34 oval-track races on the Sprint Cup schedule and just two road-course races.
Have you ever hit your head so hard, or eaten a sandwich made with mayo that was left out in the sun too long, that your mind began to ponder the question of: What if [...]

Pedley: You’ve Got To Have Heart And Hendrick Has It
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 – 15:57 | 5 Comments
Pedley: You’ve Got To Have Heart And Hendrick Has It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hendrick Motorsports has always had this wonderful assortment of human parts and pieces.
It’s had the type of faces which keep People Magazine in business. It’s had the pit-box geniuses who have propelled crew chiefing – and even tire-changing – to a spectator sport. It’s had the owner for whom every [...]

Drivers Say Indy Tires Fixed, Fans To Be Spared Repeat Disaster
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 – 7:31 | 3 Comments
Drivers Say Indy Tires Fixed, Fans To Be Spared Repeat Disaster

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The word Tuesday from Sprint Cup drivers taking part in the latest tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was mission accomplished. All agreed that they now have a tire from Goodyear which will allow them to avoid the type of race-day embarrassment the sport suffered a year ago in the [...]

Pedley: Not A Pretty Sight
Monday, Jun 15, 2009 – 10:50 | Comments Off
Pedley: Not A Pretty Sight

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Monday Morning Memo we find:
* It was a sight that few would have imagined a couple years ago: large chunks of empty grandstands at Michigan International Speedway on Sprint Cup race day. At Michigan, for gosh sakes, there in world capital of all things automobile. There, where the [...]

Logano Kicks Off Weekend With Victory In Kentucky
Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 – 10:29 | Comments Off
Logano Kicks Off Weekend With Victory In Kentucky

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joey Logano may have saved the life of the trophy which goes along with winning at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night when he passed Kyle Busch with 10 laps to go and then hung on for the Nationwide Series victory.
The victory was the second straight at Kentucky for Logano and in [...]

Colin Braun Can Still Smell, Feel, Taste The 2007 Race At Le Mans
Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 – 22:30 | Comments Off
Colin Braun Can Still Smell, Feel, Taste The 2007 Race At Le Mans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
June 16 had turned into June 17 that weekend back in 2007. Day had turned to night, then, night back to day. Clear skies had turned to cloudy and then the clouds spilled out rain – not the kind of rains which spoil picnics, but the kind which inspires Michener [...]

Brian Vickers Bulls His Way To Pole At Michigan
Friday, Jun 12, 2009 – 19:50 | Comments Off
Brian Vickers Bulls His Way To Pole At Michigan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brian Vickers insists that his team keeps getting closer and closer to having the kind of equipment which can win a race. 
On Friday, he added another “closer”.
Vickers turned a qualifying lap at 189.110 mph Friday afternoon to win the pole for Sunday’s LifeLock 400 Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
“It [...]

David Ragan’s Team To Get Help
Friday, Jun 12, 2009 – 14:00 | Comments Off
David Ragan’s Team To Get Help

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last year, David Ragan was one of the unexpected success stories in NASCAR.
This season, his has been a story of disappointment.
On Friday, his team-owner announced that he was going to attempt to get the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion rolling in the right direction once again.
In an effort to [...]

Introducing The No. 77 Penske Saturn?
Monday, Jun 8, 2009 – 10:00 | One Comment
Introducing The No. 77 Penske Saturn?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Monday Morning Memo, we find:
* I have followed Roger Penske for decades. From afar as a race fan growing up, and face to face through meeting and dealing with him as a auto-racing beat writer.
The thing that strikes you first about him upon meeting him is how his [...]